Mark Wahlberg closes speech in front of Pope Francis with ‘Go Eagles’

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Mark Wahlberg Gets In A ‘Ted’ Joke While Emceeing For Pope.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Within an hour of the start of a festival headlined by Pope Francis, Mark Wahlberg already had made a joke about his raunchy movie “Ted.” The actor was the master of ceremonies Saturday night while Francis sat on stage to hear from families and musical performances at the World Meeting of Families event.PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A young boy of the Keystone Boys Choir got the chance to meet Pope Francis Saturday night after performing at the Festival of Families in front of thousands.PHILADELPHIA — A re-energized Pope Francis delighted tens of thousands of people crowded onto a thoroughfare in the city center on Saturday (Sept. 26), delivering a folksy, off-the-cuff riff on family life that came late in the evening, and at the end of a long day of speeches and festivities that by any measure should have left the 78-year-old pontiff drained. But after watching more than 90 minutes of musical performances and moving testimonies from couples drawn from around the world, Francis stood up about 9:30 p.m. and set aside his prepared script, which focused on the economic hardships that undermine families. “Some of you might say, of course, ‘Father, you speak like that because you’re not married!’” Francis said with a laugh, anticipating objections to a celibate Catholic priest preaching to an audience of families — all of whom laughed loudly, and of course protested not at all. “Families have difficulties,” the Argentine pope continued, speaking in Spanish that was simultaneously translated by an aide. “In families, we quarrel.

Holy Father, please forgive me.” The Boston-born actor, who also played Vince Papale in “Invincible,” a film about a real-life walk-on who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s, also gave a “Go Eagles!” cheer from the stage. Wahlberg wasn’t just lending some extra star power to the event — he is someone who has said, “Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life.” Of course, he is also someone who has called Tom Brady “a great American hero,” which makes sense, given that Wahlberg is from Boston. The Pope, in turn, gave him a gift as well. “In 2009 we were the only choir to go to Antarctica and we brought back a rock to save to give to someone special like maybe the President or the Pope, which we just gave it to him, I gave it to him on stage,” he told CBS 3 Eyewitness News. “That right there was truly the voice of an angel,” said Wahlberg. “But then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie ‘Ted.’ And I told him that was not appropriate for a boy of his age. Children bring headaches.” “And children, yes, children bring their challenges,” he continued. “And they are also the cause of work and worry.

While introducing Herb Lusk, a former Eagles running back who became a pastor, Wahlberg finished his remarks with, “Go Eagles.” Tale a look: Of course, Wahlberg does have a reasonably strong connection to the Eagles, given that he played local hero Vince Papale (an apt name for Saturday’s events) in the 2006 film, “Invincible.” But he may have to perform a penance or two for his fellow New England fans, especially before the Patriots play the Eagles on Dec. 6. Love is moving forward.” The impromptu talk was the first time during this highly orchestrated visit, with its air-tight security and long lines, that Francis was able to do what he likes best — speak straight from his heart, and straight to the people. The spontaneous talk, however, also reflected his prepared speech, which highlighted the challenges families face as they try to do their best, even when they falter.

Love is something we learn; love is something we live; love grows as it is ‘forged’ by the concrete situations which each particular family experiences. … We know that mistakes, problems and conflicts are an opportunity to draw closer to others, to draw closer to God.” Yet in this address, Francis also conspicuously avoided the culture war rhetoric often associated with Catholic leaders and instead stressed the economic challenges that hurt families. “I think of all those parents, all those families who lack employment or workers’ rights, and how this is a true cross,” Francis said in the prepared text. “How many sacrifices they make to earn their daily bread! It is understandable that, when these parents return home, they are so weary that they cannot give their best to their children,” he said, citing a litany of ways that American society fails families.

Nor did the pontiff bemoan the growth of divorce or cohabitation or point to rampant secularization or slackening sexual mores as the reasons that traditional family life is facing difficulties. We cannot think that a society has a future when it fails to pass laws capable of protecting families and ensuring their basic needs, especially those of families just starting out,” the pope said in his prepared remarks. “How many problems would be solved if our societies protected families and provided households, especially those of recently married couples, with the possibility of dignified work, housing and healthcare services to accompany them throughout life.” The pope’s talk was unlikely to reassure social conservatives who have decried his unwillingness to follow their playbook, or ease concerns of economic conservatives upset at his sharp criticisms of the injustices fostered by modern capitalism. Moreover, in an address earlier Saturday that focused on religious freedom, Francis had another opportunity to endorse the more combative elements of the American bishops’ agenda.

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